The proposed study will test a novel treatment for alcohol use disorders (AUD) to determine if it helps Veterans reduce their hazardous drinking and recover from alcohol-related functional impairments across social, occupational, and domestic domains. To do so, the investigators will evaluate clinical, cognitive, and neural effects of a computer-delivered Approach Avoidance Training (AAT) treatment - which changes implicit tendencies to approach alcohol-related cues - in conjunction with standard VA care. The project will support RR&D's mission to improve Veterans' participation in their lives and community by determining if this innovative alternative technique can improve recovery outcomes for Veterans with AUD and exploring how the intervention works.
San Diego, California 92161-0002, United States
fluent in English
primary diagnosis of AUD with no more than 90 days abstinence from alcohol
4-week stability if taking psychotropic medications
lifetime history of psychotic or bipolar disorder
neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorders
history of moderate or severe traumatic brain injury or other known neurological condition
sensory deficits that would preclude completing tasks
suicidal or homicidal ideation within the past month necessitating urgent higher level care
concurrent individual psychotherapy or other treatment outside of standard DDRP programming
conditions unsafe for completing MRI scanning for those completing the scanning component only (e.g., metal in body)
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